Written by Megan C. Hills
After a year of awkwardly Zoomed-in awards show speeches and tie dye hoodies, it’s been a relief to see stars returning to the red carpet. Glamour came back with a vengeance, filling our feeds with color, sparkle and flashes of nostalgia. With highlights like Billie Eilish’s frothy Met Gala ballgown and Lady Gaga’s extraterrestrial Valentino microdress, 2021 was the year stars had an opportunity to redefine their wardrobes — and many delivered. Below are a few notable trends.
Trend 1. Dopamine dressing: After a year spent indoors, many stars took their opportunity to make a flamboyant fashion statement — as seen with singer Billie Eilish’s frothy ballgown at the Met Gala. Credit: Kevin Mazur/MG21/Getty Images
Bright colors, sparkling dresses and playful looks brought joy to celebrity wardrobes this year, as stars dressed themselves happy amid the ongoing pandemic. At the Emmys, Michaela Coel stunned in a highlighter yellow Christopher John Rogers outfit, while Anya Taylor-Joy was the picture of a retro Barbie in a hot pink dress and fascinator at the Venice Film Festival. Others channeled their inner disco ball: Dakota Johnson’s fringed Gucci creation stood out at the Venice Film Festival, and more recently, Olivia Rodrigo’s periwinkle American Music Awards gown glittered as she shuffled underneath its feathered hem.
Cardi B attends the “Thierry Mugler: Couturissime” photocall as part of Paris Fashion Week at Musee Des Arts Decoratifs on September 28, 2021 in Paris, France. Credit: Richard Bord/WireImage/Getty Images
Fashion history became this year’s biggest red carpet flex, as stylists and celebrities sought out rare archival pieces from decades past. The growing interest in upcycling and vintage undoubtedly played a major role in the trend, which included Rodrigo donning a ruched 2001 Versace gown to the MTV VMA awards and queen of the archive Bella Hadid seen in vintage Gucci, Stella McCartney for Chloe and more in street snaps. And who could forget the olive green Jean Paul Gaultier gown worn by Kylie Jenner?
Daring to bare
Zoë Kravitz attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images
Post-lockdown red carpets were sexier than ever as some pandemic restrictions eased and celebrities returned to the public eye. Sheer dresses, such as Zoe Kravitz’s Saint Laurent Met Gala look and Megan Fox’s Thierry Mugler gown (paired with a nude thong) at the MTV VMAs, were seen at many major events, while other celebs like Zendaya, Kendall Jenner and Halle Bailey opted for peekaboo cutouts.
Sophisticated midriff-baring ensembles were sported by Carey Mulligan, Rina Sawayama and Alicia Keys throughout the year, while Lil Nas X, Kim Kardashian and Hailey Bieber were among those who covered up in skintight catsuits that left little to the imagination.
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